Disney's Animal Kingdom
Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures!
Disney is one of the biggest reasons people come to visit the Orlando area, and the Animal Kingdom is one of the two most popular parks for visitors, with the second being the Magic Kingdom. There's good reason behind this, too. The Animal Kingdom is full of fascinating animals and animal-themed rides, entertainment, dining, and so much more!
There are over 1,700 animals, spanning over 250 species located in the Animal Kingdom. In fact, this park is one of the largest animal-themed parks, and you can experience both exotic and domestic animals alike during your visit.
Just a few of the animals you can expect to see include: Asian small-clawed Otter, Axis Deer, Collared Lemur, Grey Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo, Porcupine, Striped Skunk, Black Rhinoceros, Bongo, Okapi, Grant's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippopotamus, White-Bearded Wildebeest, African Elephant, African Lion, Cheetah, Ball Python, Chinchilla, Black Rough-necked Monitor, Kinkajou, Madagascar Tree Boa, Tawny Owl, Komodo Dragon, and Gorillas.
If you want to get up close and personal with a few of the friendlier animals, you'll want to be sure you make a stop at the Affection Section. In this adorable petting zoo, you can experience hands-on encounters with goats, sheep, and more. Children can play while simultaneously learning in The Boneyard, Conversation Station, or Fossil Fun Games.
Other attractions you'll want to be sure you check out on your visit include, but aren't limited to:
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Maharajah Jungle Trek
Counter service and casual dining include places such as the Dawan Bar, Flame Tree Barbecue, Gardens Kiosk, Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, Pizzafari, and Tamu Tamu Refreshments. If you prefer uniquely themed dining, you could have your meal at the Rainforest Cafe, Tusker House Restaurant, or Yak & Yeti Restaurant.
There is so much diverse entertainment located within Disney's Animal Kingdom park! Get off your feet for a few hours and be entertained. Listen to the sounds of Burudika, an African brand containing some of Harambe's finest musicians, or listen to Chakrandi, an Asian-centered duo on the virtuoso sitar and tabla.
There is also the opportunity to meet many of your favorite Disney characters, including (but not limited to): Baloo, Louie, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Pocahontas, Rafiki, Chip, and Dale. Be sure to get their autographs and take pictures so you never forget the magic of seeing them in person!
Other shows, musicians, and forms of entertainment you will not want to miss include:
- DJ Anaan
- Finding Nemo – The Musical
- Flights of Wonder
- Tam tam Drummers of Harambe
- Festival of the Lion King
- Viva Gaia Street Band!
Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of the two most popular theme parks for a reason. Encounter exotic animals, ride thrilling rides, listen to upbeat music, and generally lose yourself in the fun, unique atmosphere. You definitely will not want to miss a visit to this animal themed park on your visit to Orlando.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is located at 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830. You can call (407)939-5277 for more information.
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